Veolia Water Faces Scrutiny after Award of Consulting Contract

Crowd at the Estimate and Apportionment meeting on January 16 at St. Louis City Hall.
Photo: Kat Logan Smith

ST. LOUIS. – In early November, the St. Louis Water Division awarded a consulting contract to the French company Veolia Water. The contract was to be voted on December 19 at the Estimate and Apportionment committee meeting, but was put off due to concerns raised by various citizens and organizations. The strong backlash was against […]

Failed Rescue Attempt Leaves French Hostage Dead in Somalia

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Photo: Flickr.com/Mypouss

Early on Saturday January 12, a mission to rescue French hostage Denis Allex resulted in the prisoner’s death by his captors in Somalia. The failed rescue attempt, carried out at the same time as an unrelated French mission in Mali, also resulted in the deaths of two French soldiers and 17 Islamist militants belonging to […]

Franco-Belgian Bank Dexia to Restructure

Dexia Tower in Paris.
Photo: Flickr.com/Jim Linwood

On the morning of Friday, December 21, the shareholders of Franco-Belgian bank Dexia SA held a special session in Brussels to decide the bank’s restructuring. The stockholders of Dexia SA, also known as Dexia Group, voted 99.4% in favor of a recapitalization, saving the bank from liquidation. The vote specifically approved a capital injection of […]

Turkey Approaches Louvre for Art Restitution, Raising Larger Cultural Property Issues

The entrance to the Louvre. Photo: Olga Symeonoglou

On September 22, the Louvre opened a new Islamic Arts wing, displaying over 3,000 works, among them a wall of Ottoman Iznik ceramic tiles. The wall is composed of three panels of tiles that, according to Louvre authorities, entered the French public collection between 1871 and 1940. Turkish officials claim that some of the tiles […]

France Withdraws Combat Troops from Afghanistan

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – 
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend (center), Regional Command - East deputy commanding general for operations, talks with French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-François Hogard (right), former Task Force La Fayette commander, and Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Emam Nazar. Dec. 30 2010. 
(Photo by French Army Chief Sgt. Sabrina Vincent, Task Force Lafayette).
Flickr.com/isafmedia

On Tuesday November 20, France withdrew 400 combat troops from the Nijrab base in the Kapisa region of Afghanistan. This shift of the troops from Nijrab to Kabul marked the end of French occupation of Kapisa, the region responsible for the most French casualties since they began sending troops to Afghanistan in 2001. The troops […]

French Constitutional Council Censors New Housing Law

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Photo: Flickr.com/jmayrault

On October 24 France’s Constitutional Council, the highest legal authority, censored the new housing law that had been passed on October 10. The Council censored the law because its process of implementation “did not respect the parliamentary procedure regarding its examination in the Senate.” The government wanted to pass the law quickly, and so the […]

National Assembly Adopts 75% Tax, Debates Other Reforms

The National Assembly has not seen substantial progress in tax reform under Hollande. Photo: Flickr.com/ellbrown

On September 28, Hollande’s much anticipated financial reforms were presented in the French National Assembly by Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Budget Minister Jêrome Cahuzac. Yesterday the National Assembly voted to adopt a law that taxes income above 1 million Euros at 75%, one part of Hollande’s financial reform project. This law represents the first […]

Valls and Taubira Unite Against Escalating Violence in Marseille

Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
Photo: flickr.com/fondapol

The cycle of violence in Marseille has existed for some time, but a recent crime wave has drawn international attention. Manuel Valls, Interior Minister, and Christiane Taubira, Justice Minister, went to Marseille on Friday to demonstrate the national government’s support in fighting the situation in Marseille. Samia Ghali, a Senator for Bouches-du-Rhône, a suburb of Marseille, […]

Charlie Hebdo Publishes Photos of Muhammad, Sparks Controversy

Front page of Charlie Hebdo 
Photo: THOMAS COEX / AFP

On Wednesday morning, the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a series of cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad. The magazine sold 75,000 copies in the first few hours it was on the newsstands. Following the “Innocence of Muslims” video that sparked attacks on US embassies in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Sudan, the choice of […]

France Announces New Urban Renewal Plan

Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in Seine-Saint-Denis
Photo: AFP/JOEL ROBINE

On August 22 François Lamy, Junior Minister for Urban Affairs, announced a new plan for urban renewal that will focus on the areas experiencing the greatest difficulty. The new plan is expected to be carried out in the first half of 2013. The new program (PNRU- National Project for Urban Renewal) will be directed by the […]

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